Emergency Info

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Stay calm. Many dental problems can be resolved at home until you have an opportunity to see your dentist. If your emergency is life-threatening, if you are in extreme pain or have any facial swelling, dial 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

We make every effort to accommodate dental emergencies the same day. Please contact the office as soon as you become aware of a dental problem. If you are experiencing a dental emergency after office hours, call the office and immediately press option 2, where you may leave a message in an after hours mail box or be provided with an alternative phone number. A doctor will return your call as soon as they are available. In the meantime, you may find some helpful tips below:

Tooth Ache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. But, under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum!   

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments.  

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications, antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents will usually provide temporary relief. Cancer sores generally last one or two weeks.  If sores persist, visit your dentist.